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Old 05-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Contract free data plans from T-mobile

T-mobile is offering contract free data plans ranging from $15 for 300MB to $50 for 5GB. I wonder if you can use it for your tablet or your iPad? I also wonder how verizon/sprint/at&t will react.

Regardless, it certainly looks interesting. (link)
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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It's only for hotspots and laptop sticks, not phones.
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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It's only for hotspots and laptop sticks, not phones.
I didn't mean to imply that it was for phones. Besides, a hotspot will work for any wifi enabled device and if most smart phones are wifi enabled, it should work for phones and tablets too. I think.

Here's the tmobile page.
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:05 AM   #4
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Dunno about how AT&T will react, but Verizon already has prepaid and postpaid no contract data plans. Although it does seem kind of odd that Verizon's plan is also $50 for 5GB, for the postpaid plan anyway.

I read the article and that guy did no research whatsoever or he would have discovered that Verizon offers a 5GB data plan for $50/month. Is this called journalism? Or just "post what I feel like without doing any real research"?
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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Dunno about how AT&T will react, but Verizon already has prepaid and postpaid no contract data plans. Although it does seem kind of odd that Verizon's plan is also $50 for 5GB, for the postpaid plan anyway.
Why is it odd?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:38 AM   #6
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Is this called journalism? Or just "post what I feel like without doing any real research"?
Is there really a difference?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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Why is it odd?
Coincidence that both have the same dollar amount for the same data amount? Why not $45 or $55 or $35? But both for some reason decided on the same amount, doesn't exactly make one decide to change providers based on price does it?
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:48 AM   #8
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Yes there is.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Hmmm, in Sweden I get a yearly Free Surf (data plan) for $80, it says free but after 0.5 GB in a month it starts to slow down. I Skype a lot with my phone but I have still not reached the monthly ceiling of 0.5 GB.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:15 PM   #10
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I have the Virgin Mobile MiFi, $19.98/mo for 1GB of data through Wal-Mart. Works for me. It's not super fast, but good enough. I only once exceeded that amount of data and it happened about half a day before I needed to top up anyway.

Anyway, the hot spot has worked fine for me, I use it with both my Samsung devices. I haven't actually tried it with the e-ink reader, because I just can't enjoy web browsing via e-in, but I'm sure it would work with that as well.

When we finally get WiFi at the house, I will probably only use it for travel.

At any rate, I see more contract free hotspots as a good thing!
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #11
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T-mobile is offering contract free data plans ranging from $15 for 300MB to $50 for 5GB. I wonder if you can use it for your tablet or your iPad? I also wonder how verizon/sprint/at&t will react.

Regardless, it certainly looks interesting. (link)
Y'know, I've been on a 5-gig plan from AT&T for a while now, and I don't think I've ever reached the bandwidth cap. I think the most I've downloaded through my stick was 3 gigs, but that was the time I had to download a .iso and make a system recovery USB.
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Old 05-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #12
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Try watching movies (or downloading a few HD tv episodes).

I've actually seen multiple GB a week on my phone, just using it to surf on my computer. I was always worried about going over with Verizon, but now don't care (Sprint is unlimited). Coverage is just as good here and anywhere I've traveled to and the plans cheaper, too.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #13
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Try watching movies (or downloading a few HD tv episodes).

I've actually seen multiple GB a week on my phone, just using it to surf on my computer. I was always worried about going over with Verizon, but now don't care (Sprint is unlimited). Coverage is just as good here and anywhere I've traveled to and the plans cheaper, too.
Well, the fact that I only seriously use it one weekend a month and a few days a week at work helps. I have DSL for home use, and don't usually try stuff like watching youtube videos when I'm on the cell stick. Unless I'm extremely bored, like if I'm at the ranch on a Saturday night.

Its an old 3G one anyway, so its average speed is somewhere around a 56k modem.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:33 PM   #14
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This isn't really all that new. I remember seeing this a while back while helping a friend look over phone plans
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